It’s warm. By golly it feels like summer has arrived early! It probably won’t last, forever the pessimist me. Wine thoughts though turn to crisp, cool whites and easy drinking rosés. This inexpensive Sauvignon, with its clean, simplistic label caught the eye, not least for its £4.99 price point.
It’s a Tesco Exclusive, brought during one of my infrequent forays into the giant of UK retailing.
Wine Tasting Note: Fern Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2006, South Island, New Zealand. Exclusive to Tesco for £4.99. The South Island designation shows it is not a single vineyard bottling but rather a blend form grapes that have been sourced from across the whole of the island. As such I wasn’t expecting much. The aroma though is fine – fruity, green, if a little simplistic. The palate is stony, with a rather harsh, dominating acidity. Certainly crisp with a green and alcohol-evident, if long, finish. The texture is rather light and again, simplistic. Really no complexity or excitement on the watery palate at all, just the acidity that appears to grow with each sip. Unimpressed. Wish I had spent two quid more on a rather interesting Semillon-Sauvignon from two shelves down.
Scribblings Rating – 80/100
Simplistic Conclusion – avoid New Zealand Sauvignon’s under £7.